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Environmental Risks that can be Reduced by Renewable Energy

  Since the dawn of time, man has been one with the environment, using its resources to create the best possible life on earth. However, after a few millennia of development, the human race has most recently had the greatest negative effect on the natural environment since the last ice age.  So who is to blame? Although there are plenty of deforestation, unsustainable agriculture, and industrial manufacturing processes that are contributing to the greenhouse effect of rising global temperatures, burning fossil fuels like oil and gas are the absolute main cause of the majority of human impact.  In today’s world, nearly everyone in the United States will admit that renewable energies are considered “green,” whether or not they have a...

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How Much Do Solar Panels Weigh?

  Using solar panels is becoming increasingly common for most people around the world, especially in the U.S.  Our roofs aren’t only useful for protecting us from atmospheric changes like rain, snow, or heat. In fact, we can use them to install solar panels that help us generate the necessary power for our buildings and constructions.  With that being said, the first thing asked when installing solar panels is can my roof handle solar panels?  Luckily, in this article, we are going to answer all the questions that come to your mind if you are interested in installing a solar system on your roof.  How much do solar panels weigh? Most solar panels weigh around 20 to 50 pounds depending...

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How To Remove Snow From Solar Panels on a Roof

  Winter is coming, and that means snow will soon be on the ground. If you live in an area where there is a lot of snow, this can be quite a big problem, as solar panels and snow don’t get along too well. But how do you remove snow from solar panels on a roof? If you don't know how to get rid of the snow, your solar panels may not work properly or at all. Don't worry! We are here to help you. In this article, we will provide you with five tips that will help you to clear away the pesky white stuff from your solar panels, so you can power up your home with clean energy...

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The Homeowners Guide To Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Landscaping your home comes with many perks. Not only does it boost curb appeal, but it is financially beneficial for the overall value of your property. However, some landscaping practices are not as sustainable as they may appear—causing a negative impact on the environment and potentially your property.   Whether your home is on a small urban property, rural farm, or somewhere in between, making intentional decisions about your landscaping options is only the first step to planning your eco-friendly design. Before you start any landscaping projects, it’s important to be familiar with some basic principles. Check out our pointers below and incorporate them into your next eco-friendly landscaping endeavor!   Eco-Friendly Landscaping VS. Traditional Methods Traditional landscape plans emphasize...

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The Most Exciting New Solar Power Technologies in 2021

  Solar power has always had exciting prospects. When it was first developed in 1954, the idea of gaining electricity from the sun was quite revolutionary. Three or four years later, solar panels were being used to power some of the world's first satellites. It's now becoming commonplace to see solar panels on rooftops. But as 2021 marches on, there are still many more exciting solar technologies to look forward to.   Adaptable Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Not everyone likes the way solar panels affect the appeal of their home. Unfortunately, properties with traditional features can often appear mismatched with this innovative technology. However, BIPV is providing the means of seamlessly integrating solar energy with any home. Solar power roof shingles...

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The Importance of Renewable Energy for the Future

Sustainable energy has enjoyed a considerable amount of publicity in recent times. Of course, this is due in large part to the undeniable effects of climate change. Although valiant efforts have already been made to reduce the emissions of fossil fuels, experts agree that further steps need to be taken.This largely involves the presence of renewable sources of energy. Not only are these methods sustainable from a long-term perspective, but their effects on the environment are not nearly as dire when compared to traditional sources. So, it is crucial to look towards the future. What advancements can we expect to witness? Are some renewables more viable than others? Why is solar power one of the most effective solutions currently available?...

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Renewable Energy Tax Credits in 2021 and Beyond

  In 2021, renewable energy tax credits are available in the United States to help taxpayers reduce the total cost of a clean power system. Applied against a person or business’s federal and state tax liability, credits for renewable energy systems are available both at the national and local levels to reward sustainability-conscious consumers. Solar Us Shop is a digital retailer focused on providing our customers with the best possible renewable energy products, news, and information. In this quick guide, we will outline all of the most important renewable energy tax credits to know about this year when considering an investment in green power.     The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) The federal investment tax credit (ITC) is a purchasing...

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Can Solar Panels Charge EV’s?

  The global commitment to reduce carbon emissions has increased the sale of electric cars and the adoption of renewable energy. With the US government planning to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035, the transport industry must reduce its share of carbon emissions as it contributes a third of America’s carbon emissions. Many people are also embracing solar energy for charging electric vehicles since charging stations for electric vehicles are not as widespread as public gas stations. Using electricity can be costly since electric cars use a considerable amount of energy. In addition, since electricity comes mostly from fossil fuels, it increases your carbon footprint. That is why using solar panels to charge your vehicle is an eco-friendly solution that...

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Solar Products in 2021: Innovations to Look Out for This Year

With the summer solstice quite literally on the horizon, we have officially made it halfway through 2021. In June and July, total average sun hours are at their highest throughout the year, so what better time to talk about the most interesting innovations in solar power technology.  For years, the Solar Us Shop has been providing our customers with high-quality solar energy products and we are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing. In 2021, solar power production and storage technology has never been more advanced, with tons of people, groups, and companies researching, developing, and funding the renewable energy revolution.  From small devices to massive panel arrays, in this article, we take a full look at some...

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Solar Energy Potential in the US by Region, Season, and More

Did you know that solar energy is the cheapest and most abundant source of electricity in the world? We sure do.  Financially, this achievement was officially proclaimed last year as advancements in solar energy production large and small have made today’s solar panels more efficient and affordable than ever. Plus, sunlight is free, so every watt-hour produced by a solar panel is essentially cost and emission-free. In terms of availability, solar energy is generated anywhere the sun shines!  Here in the United States, the sun tends to shine a little bit differently everywhere you go. While most people learn this the hard way on their Florida vacation, scientists have used this information to devise precise information about the solar energy...

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Solar Flag Lights for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and All Summer Long

In many people’s minds, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer, and this year is sure to be like no other. The summer of 2021 is guaranteed to be filled with parties, gatherings, and celebrations of all kinds in the wake of a global pandemic that changed the way our world works. This Memorial Day, we hope you are able to take a moment to honor the fallen members of the US military during the federally reserved holiday. Of course, one of the best ways to showcase your patriotism is with a properly displayed flag.  Is it illegal to fly a flag at night without a light? Although you are likely to be let off with a warning,...

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The Best Solar Gadgets for Emergency Preparedness

With spring storms in the air and wildfire season approaching, people across the country may be expecting power outages in the near future. But as the old saying goes, “every person who prepares is one less person who panics in a crisis.”  In 2021, the blackouts in Texas this past February have made emergency preparedness even more prevalent in the public’s eye, as both citizens and politicians are devising ways to access reliable power during temporary and prolonged grid outages.  Solar Us Shop is a sustainable online retailer dedicated to providing our customers with the best products and information to easily adopt renewable energy. Below, we will explore why and how you should prepare for an emergency power outage with solar-powered...

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An Update on the Ariel Solar Pool Skimmer

  We wanted to create a page to host any Ariel updates as they become available. If you have purchased an Ariel or are thinking about purchasing an Ariel, we recommend adding this page to your favorites and checking back if you have any questions or concerns.   Latest Update: 6/7/21 Ariel Update from Solar Breeze   Solar Us Shop Update: 5/15/2021 Let us start off by saying Thank You for your interest in the Ariel Solar Powered Pool Skimmer Robot! Ariel is a brand new product and also an upgrade to Pivot-Solar Breeze's popular swimming pool skimmer, the NX2. We are very excited about this innovative product, and we can't wait for you all to get your hands on one!...

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The History of Renewable Energy Microgeneration (And How it Works)

In the last decade, the rise of microgeneration has helped millions of people around the world access affordable and reliable electricity. While many people may be unaware of their participation, it is safe to say that we are currently in a renewable energy microgeneration revolution.  At Solar Us Shop, the vast majority of our products utilize some form of renewable energy microgeneration. To help bring our customers up to speed with the history and terminology associated with small-scale renewable energy, we’ve developed this complete guide to microgeneration.   Microgeneration Fast FAQs To kick things off right, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about microgeneration in the 21st century.  What is microgeneration? Microgeneration is defined as...

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The History of Earth Day - And Why You Should Care

Happy Earth Day!  It’s time to wear green, enjoy the outdoors, and talk about the environment. In an era where every day seems to have its own unique holiday (is there anyone else celebrating National German Beer Day tomorrow?), many people do not know enough about the history, legacy, and importance of Earth Day celebrations.  At Solar Us Shop, we have always been strong environmental allies and proudly supply solar and other renewable energy products to help support the modern green revolution. In this article, we outline all of the important things that you should know about Earth Day to help you celebrate and fight for our very worthy planet.   Earth Day Origins After decades of pollution and environmental degradation,...

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